“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19 KJV
I do not think that there’s genuinely someone who seeks for death knowingly or with an understanding of what death is and pursue it. Those of us who have come to the truth that there’s no life outside of God, I am convinced we all seek to be free from the condemnation of the world and to live the promise of the gift of God which is mentioned in Romans 8:1-2
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.”
I do not want you to ignore the specific order of who is no longer in condemnation; it is not:
- he who mentions Jesus Christ daily
- he who believes in Jesus Christ
- he who attends a God-filled Church
but rather “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” for the flesh is eternally condemned with sin and the Spirit is eternally full of the abundance of life that is in Christ.
“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.” Romans 8:5 KJV
For concerning he who believes in God alone, it is written: “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19. Which is to say that believing is only part of the process of belonging to Christ, for concerning those who belong to Christ it’s written as follows “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” Romans 8:14 and it’s written again “…They which are the children of the flesh, these are not children of God…” Romans 9:8
Take the children of Israel as an example who failed to live the life of peace and rest that God predestined for them. And how at first when they heard that their Lord God had seen their afflictions and that He had come to set them free from the Egyptians. They believed and received Moses and Aaron and bowed their heads to worship God. (Referring to Exodus 4:30-31)
At the time when they first heard the good news, they weren’t expecting any challenges nor any resistance which we too do the same when we hear the good news, the gospel of peace preached unto us.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 KJV
Most of us get taken by the surprise of challenges and resistance that we may accounter as were the children of Israel when they disbelieved. Assuredly unless we believe and are convinced, and determined by the promise, it is impossible for one to find and enjoy the gift of God. For nothing is made manifest to men unless they set out to seek for it. For thus it is written about those who shall find it: “…seek, and ye shall find…” (Matthew 7:7) Now no man commit himself to seek for that which he/she is not convinced nor believes in, and if there’s no commitment, there are no results.
The challenges and resistance led even Moses to begin to question God’s plan.
“And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Lord, wherefore hast thou so evil entreated this people? Why is it that thou has sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.” Exodus 5:22-23
We often focus on God’s blessed plan over our lives and neglect that there’s an enemy which will do all in his power to hinder us to live the life that the Lord predestined for us. Now, this is not to cause you to believe that the enemy is above God, but instead to not neglect what even Jesus said concerning the enemy. Jesus wants us to be awakened in the Spirit to know God first and to know who is your enemy and his evil works and his existence on the earth and what it means to us who believes in God.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 and again it is written: “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Matthew 10:16.
The serpent mentioned by Jesus is still on the earth till this day to deceive the world, and this is the same serpent that stripped Adam and Eve from the life they had in God and this we know through the scripture found in the book of Revelation 12:9.
From the beginning, it has been declared as follow “Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made” Genesis 3:1. Now, this is not to say we should become serpents, but moderately be wise as the serpent that we may know his secrets and know how to overcome him.
We must therefore by no means neglect the enemy as instructed through the holy scriptures, for to do so it would be unwise according to the Prophets who were before us, Jesus Christ our Lord who was, is and is to come and the Apostles who were before us. Paul expressed his concerns about those who were in the Church at Corinth as follow:
“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3 KJV
For as it so happened to the children of Israel to turn away from believing in the midst of the challenges and resistance triggered by Pharoah, even so, we too turn away from believing in the good news, the gospel of peace by the trials and resistance triggered by Satan.
“When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart… But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.” Matthew 13:19-21
The enemy rejoices where there’s no understanding, and he finds hope by triggering challenges and resistance that he may turn the people of God from believing who do rejoice in God’s word but have no root in them to turn them against their God. For naturally if we are not rooted in God’s word, we will consider the good news, the gospel of peace unbelievable. Be not deceived the challenges and resistance are not triggered by the enemy to hinder God, as this is impossible, but rather to prevent men from following God to the end. For the enemy is convinced of God’s authority and sovereignty, it is you and I that need the convincing of God’s sovereignty and power.
To remain on The Path Towards Life, we must have this confidence in our hearts.
“that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6 KJV